Sunday, November 8, 2009

Traveling

I'm sitting in Amsterdam airport right now. I'm pretty tired. Spent yesterday in NY city walking around. Note to self: Don't wear sanook sandals, carry a 20 lb backpack, and carry a 12 lb bag when you're expecting to walk several miles. Result: sore shoulders, hips, slightly blistered feet (not too bad though), and extremely tired. GOOD TIMES! Took the subway into the city and had a croissant, banana, and water for breakfast at Central Park at about 8 am NY time, 5 am Cali time. Really cool place. People going for runs and riding bikes, walking dogs. Don't see that in Fremont much. The went to Redeemer church where Tim Keller is the pastor. I wanted to fall asleep due to the 3 hours of not so good sleep on the plane. It was good though. Met a couple women who said some really encouraging things and gave me an agenda of what to see in a few hours. So I walked through Central Park, again cool stuff, walked to Times Square and down Broadway. Would have been better if somebody was there with me. Checked out the Public Library, huge! And Grand Central Station. Then went back to the airport. Doesn't sound like much, but it was a ton. Fell asleep a little in the airport, then I hopped a plane to Amsterdam where I am now. The plane ride consisted of about an hour of sleep from before takeoff, but left me with another 5 hours about. Watched a couple movies and tried unsuccessfully to fall asleep.
That's the extent of my adventures thus far. Seems like so much more. Heading for Nairobi in a couple hours, a good 8 hour ride. Slumber, please come upon me!

Thought of the day for everybody: Am I living a self-centered life, or living a life for others and God? Tim Keller said something along these lines yesterday. What you choose in these two choices leads where your life will go and the legacy left when you're gone. Hmmm....

Peace!

6 comments:

Philip Vose said...

hey benny. sounds really great so far...big brother ben in the even bigger city. get some stinkn rest already k. praying for you. hope things keep going smoothly with all the excitement. peace bro.

chris orr said...

Do you have any idea what a mom prays for when her son/friend gets on a plane with the high risk sign at the gate. I'm pretty sure that God hears the prayers of a frantic mom. Love you tons and miss you even more. I hope you have a great adventure.

Mikey G said...

I always double take when I see a place in SF that I've seen in a movie. I imagine that NY can be like that only more so.

I have actually thought to pray for you in morning once or twice already so I guess I am ahead of schedule. Better slow down.

As for your question of the day... good news is that either way we are not judged by this or that but by Christ's sacrifice. So are you trying to live in a way that glorifies God? I have to say "Yes." So run with endurance and maybe if you can stop thinking about yourself you could pray for us sinners here in Babylon! :-P

Jesse and Melissa said...

Sounds like fun!! Next time Jesse and I will accompany you with our kid.

Mikey G said...

Prayed for you today. And I am going to try to memorize Romans. I've got verse 1 so far: "Paul a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the the gospel of God."

Bec said...

Hi Ben, It was good to meet you at the Redeemer service. Glad you found lot's to do on the list Laura gave you. Your posts are great to read. God Bless!